(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) is seeking policy recommendations and ideas that will improve the quality of life in rural communities. TDRA is asking that you contribute your ideas and suggestions online at http://www.tdra.state.tx.us/index.php/Home/Policy+Recommendation.
TDRA is seeking recommendations in four key areas: economic development, community development, healthcare, and housing. TDRA will offer these ideas and suggestions to the Texas Legislature at the beginning of the upcoming legislative session.
The agency is charged with identifying and prioritizing policy issues and concerns affecting rural communities in Texas in consultation with rural community leaders, locally elected officials, state elected and appointed officials, academic and industry experts, and the interagency work group. TDRA works to strengthen rural communities. The agency also serves as a central source for rural programs, services, and activities so that governmental resources are delivered efficiently and with best possible results for the state’s rural residents.
As the state agency dedicated solely to rural Texas, TDRA makes the broad resources of state government more accessible to rural communities. TDRA was created by the 77th Legislature to ensure a continuing focus on rural issues, monitor governmental actions affecting rural Texas, research problems and recommend solutions, and administer rural-focused state and federal resources. TDRA is the door to Texas government for rural citizens. For more information, visit TDRA online at http://www.tdra.state.tx.us.